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Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Can you please advise if in Portland, Oregon the seller is obligated to let the buyer do the soil testing?
What you would/should do is; put a contingengy in the Offer for Soil Testing;
You can say that you must have the soil tested, or you can say what you expect the soil test to reveal.
T ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 30, 2012 Home Selling in Portland
Joyce Zilai, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Joyce Zilai answered:
We are moving to Portlnd. Wanted: rental max $1400 min. 830 sq ft 2 carspaces. Easy access MAX/ restaurants. Which areas/buildings do you recommend?
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but this article just appeared in one of our local papers detailing the difficulites of renting in Portland. My recommendation would be to consid ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 25, 2013 Rental Basics in Portland
Wayne Olson, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Wayne Olson answered:
How safe is this neighborhood? We have kids
Hi CH,

Real estate brokers are not permitted by law to make judgments about whether or not particular neighborhoods are safe or unsafe or have lower or higher levels of crime. Howeve ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 5, 2012 Crime & Safety in Sumner
Paige Abu-na…, Real Estate Pro in Oregon
Paige Abu-nawwas answered:
I made an offer on a short sale condo and then realized after checking the market, that I offer 2000 more than I should have.
If your working with an agent I would ask the agents advice but you are not locked into anything with a short sale until both banks have accepted the offer. You can back out but is it w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Jewel K. Sto…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Jewel K. Stockli answered:
Are short sales available for a newbie investor and if, what kind of lenders are open for financing investor short sales?
Nice to meet you Elisa,
All types of buyers can offer on short sales. Your lender looks at your credit and down payment to give you a loan. The seller's lender will look at the pr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 26, 2012 Foreclosure in Portland
Marge Bare, Real Estate Pro in 97218
Marge Bare answered:
What is the catch with the for closures for $1?
where are you seeing that? that would be helpful, but I can tell you that is probably exactly the reason, because there's no way homes will be selling for a $1. I can tell you figured ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 6, 2012 Foreclosure in Portland
Linda Heinri…, Real Estate Pro in 97034
Linda Heinrichs answered:
What is average days on market for Irvington and North Portland residential real estate right now?
Fast with multiple bids:) If you are a seller in the 97212 zip, the more show ready your home is the higher the demand will be. If you are a buyer, you will need to be prepared to res ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 30, 2012 Home Selling in Portland
Brandi Erski…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Brandi Erskine answered:
Anyone know of a good Real Estate Attorney that will work with real estate investors?
Buckley Law if your in Oregon
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 15, 2012 General Area in Portland
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Voices Member answered:
I am looking for a mortgage company willing to work with a Real Estate Investor in the Portland, Oregon area.
Have you found anyone yet? It shouldn't be that hard to find, I know some good loan officers. Are you looking for properties on your own, or are you working with a buyer's agent?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 19, 2012 Financing in Portland
Jon Cohen, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Jon Cohen answered:
We are interested in a condo in downtown Portland. What is the average square foot cost for downtown condos?
Generally speaking, for active condo listings in the downtown area, the average price per square foot is approximately $358. For properties that have sold in the past 3 months, the ave ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 31, 2012 Market Conditions in Portland
James J White, Real Estate Pro in 97062
James J White answered:
Looking for investor friendly agent. Looking for buy fix and sell properties I can make 15-20,000 after rehab. 3 bed 2 bath starter homes
Ed,

I'm a Certified Investor Agent Specialist. I personally have flipped homes over the years. I work with investors and in fact one is closing next week where my client will net bet ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 23, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Marvin Von R…, Real Estate Pro in Tigard, OR
Marvin Von Renchler answered:
hi I am relocating in the next 6 months and am wondering if there are pros and cons to rental property management?
You need to elaborate. Are you talking about using a management company to take care of your home-to-be-a-rental or to help you find a place to rent here?
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 20, 2012 Rental Basics in Portland
Jean Silver, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Jean Silver answered:
What areas in Portland are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
Any of the "close-in" areas of Portland will appreciate, and most have not lost much value in the recent downturn. My favorites are Clinton, Beaumont, Momtavilla, and Buckman ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Gloria Gomez…, Real Estate Pro in 98685
Gloria Gomez Matthews answered:
how much is insurance if you dont have a loan?
Homeowners insurane is the same with or without a loan. may i suggest you contact becky wiley american family insurane for a quote. premeims depend on valur, replacement costs, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 14, 2013 Home Insurance in Portland
HLR, Real Estate Pro in Oregon
HLR answered:
what does home insurance cost?
Call the folks that you have your car insurance with, they most likely cover home insurance as well.

HLR
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 8, 2012 Home Insurance in Portland
Aliz Smith, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Aliz Smith answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
The ability to represent your client professionally but also in a bull dog manner. Being the kind of agent the client would be if they had a license. Knowing what things to point out t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 6, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Lana Lavenba…, Real Estate Pro in Grants Pass, OR
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
What are some tips for renters before signing a lease?
Make sure the place is whre you want to stay. Check on who does repairs and how. Time frame for the lease- the cost of getting out of the lease should you decide to move sooner rather ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 9, 2012 Rental Basics in Portland
Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in 97239
Tom Inglesby answered:
What's the typical process when buying a short sale?
The process is just like buying a house. Get pre approved and write an offer. YOur agent presents the offer to the seller and if the seller agrees to the terms it is sent to the bank. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 19, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Dave Sutton,…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Dave Sutton, Windermere, Portland answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
Hi Just Looking from SF (I left Walnut Creek for Portland 18 months ago and love it here)

You're smart to ask, and believe it or not, your friendly Realtor is not your first sto ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 19, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Melina Tomson, Real Estate Pro in Salem, OR
Melina Tomson answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
Negotiable with whom? The lender, the seller?
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 3, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
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